Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess.BWW: Garrick Ohlsson Performs Beethoven, Scriabin & Schubert At The Broad Stage, 2/2330 Jan 2018
Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. On Friday, February 23 at The Broad Stage, he will play a program of Beethoven, Scriabin and Schubert.
The Seattle Times said Ohlsson possesses “an incredible technique with razor sharp accuracy, producing a sound so lush it almost glistens.” Limelight Magazine, who reviewed Ohlsson at the Brahms Festival, said of his performance: “One of the most profoundly thrilling and beautiful musical experiences of this reviewer’s life…rhapsodic, magisterial playing.”
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Ohlsson said about Beethoven, “If the proverbial ‘Man from Mars’ came down and didn’t know anything about Western musical culture and said, ‘Who is this Beethoven and what did he do?’ You could give this person just the Beethoven Piano Sonatas and they would have a complete picture of Beethoven. ” Ohlsson will commence the program at The Broad Stage with Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor, Op. 13, followed by selections from Alexander Scriabin and Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960. The New York Times said of Ohlsson’s interpretation of Scriabin: “Mr. Ohlsson’s patience turned the showpiece into a smoldering fireball, erupting in thunderous, magnesium brightness.”